BURLINGTON, NC --Buying a car online is becoming more and more mainstream. Lots of people buy cars with no problems. But that wasn't the case for a father and his daughter in Burlington.
Bobby Morgan and his daughter Mechell were sharing a car.
The switching off was getting old so they looked for a car on Craigslist. They made contact with the seller and got an email back.
It had these details: "Acura TL 80,000 miles", the price "$2,436 dollars. It was a "2005 model with everything"
The seller told Bobby and Mechell she was "selling the car because I lost my husband and my son of only 19 years, with 2 months ago in a car accident. A drunk truck driver hit them.
They were in my husband's car and they didn't had a chance.
This was my son's car and brings me a lot of memories that make me suffer and this is the reason for what I want to sell it as soon as possible."
The grammar was a little off, but Mechell and Bobby didn't take much notice. They thought they were helping this woman out and getting a great deal.
The seller said she wanted to by-pass Craigslist and sell the car through ebay and use the online company's car buying protection plan. The seller then sent them an email which looked like a car invoice from ebay.
"I felt safe. I thought she has the buyer protection, it's through ebay. It was legit, " says Mechell.
The ebay invoice looked convincing. It had the logo, detailed instructions including the payment: Western Union. And there is the problem. ebay doesn't use wire transfers as payment. But Mechell didn't know that and didn't research it because to her the email looked real.
She wired the money, but the car was never delivered.
"They should be ashamed of themselves. It's one thing to go out and make an honest living for your money instead of taking your time to make this look real."
Mechell is out her money. The take aways here: when buying a car online, go to the site itself. Don't let the seller email you the listing.
Never wire money. It has no real tracking.
You want to use a credit card, paypal or a method you can file a fraud claim and get your money back.